Massachusetts Legislature continues doing business with no quorum - contrary to Constitution. On New Years Eve: 3 Senators meet and pass laws!
Media just shrugs shoulders, doesn't consider it newsworthy.
January 4, 2009
Do Constitutions even matter anymore? It's no wonder that almost no one questioned the constitutionality of a court imposing same-sex "marriages" in Massachusetts. People in power just ignore it when it suits them.
The few members present simply pretend that there's a quorum, with the understanding if a member stands up and officially asks for a count, they have to stop. Literally hundreds of bills have been passed this way over the last few months. Many of these bills would probably have trouble getting passed if a quorum of members were there to debate. It's particularly troublesome that a large number of bills are for the benefit of a single person, usually a state employee who is granted a special pension, or special sick leave benefits, etc.
As we've said before, it's a complete disregard for the Constitution. Heck, why even bother electing 40 Senators and 160 Representatives anyway, if just two of them can sit down and pass laws? We've discussed this with numerous public officials and members of the media. No one we've spoken to denies that it's illegal. They all shrug their shoulders and say that it's just "what they have to do to get things done."
This is an outrage.
In any case, we will continue to push on this in any way we can. If you think you can help with this, by all means let us know.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE NOW
You can do something. Demand some answers: Where does the Legislature get the right to pass bills without a quorum, as MANDATED by the Constitution? Why don't the House and Senate list the members who attend these "informal" sessions? Why is this allowed? Why is the news media in the tank on this?
House and Senate Leaders: Why are they doing this to us? (Watch out, their staff is pretty arrogant, and usually doesn't know the Constitution.)
It's important that people do something! Let us know how you make out.